House of Representatives, on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, interrogated the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Mohammed Sambo asking him to account for the N3 million not utilized in the N144 million budgetary allocation to the agency in 2020.
Tanko Sonunu, the chairman, House committee on Health services, gave the directive on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, during a budget defense session with NHIS in Abuja.
The Committee said that while scrutinizing the books, it discovered N3 million was unspent in the 2020 budget.
Responding, the Executive Secretary, disclosed that out of the N144 million that was released for the 2020 budget, over N140 million were utilized.
He said that N3 million was rolled over to the 2021 budget.
He also disclosed over N400 million has been utilised from over N740 million appropriated to the agency in the 2021 budget.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the budget defense session, Sambo hinted that NHIS has introduced a new package known as “Gifts” to enable more Nigerians to have access to affordable healthcare.
“Giftship is a platform that can bring in individuals, families, people from various groups, people from diaspora. It can facilitate philanthropists to come and get premiums on behalf of people in their communities.
“So this is a platform. We call it a masterstroke that will bring about the total coverage of the Nigerian population. If you’re a philanthropist, you can pay like N15 million and cover over one thousand people. If you pay N30 million, you can cover two thousand people”, he said.